Lemons, A Natural Household Cleaner

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Lemons, A Natural Household Cleaner

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Lemon juice isn’t just for a tasty lemonade in the summer. Lemons have natural antiseptic qualities that make them an amazing natural alternative for cleaning and deodorizing. Lemons are refreshing and tough on messes. We have compiled a list of our top ten household uses for this winter citrus!

1. Quarter a lemon and run it through the garbage disposal to get rid of nasty odors and freshen the drain.

2. Remove food odors from wooden cutting boards and countertops by rubbing the surface with a lemon.  Also use on wooden cutlery and bowls.

3. Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar to clean copper or tarnished brass. Rinse and dry immediately after using.

4. Add half a lemon to the dishwasher load for sparkling spot-free clean smelling dishes.

5. Use lemons to clean sink faucets and remove lime scale build-up.

6. Mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle for a natural air freshener.

7. Make your own all-purpose cleaning solution. Combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Great to use on windows. Use newspaper to dry.

8. Squeeze lemon juice into your laundry for a refreshing scent. Lemons can also be used as a spot cleaner for any stubborn stains. To bleach your clothes, add a ½ cup of lemon juice to your rinse cycle and dry your clothes in the sun.

9. Combine 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil for a natural furniture polish.

10. To freshen up your microwave and loosen up any baked on particles, boil lemon juice in the microwave.

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I always buy lemons and slice them to put in my beverages. I just love how it makes ice tea taste that much better. When I'm done with my drink. I throw the lemon wedges down the garbage disposal and grind them up to clean it. My kitchen always smells of wonderful lemon!

By Cheryl Stevens on April 09, 2012


Very good to know about lemons and I use white vinegar also for scrubbing floors also use it in the washing machine in place of fabric softener clothes come out soft and no left over soap in clothes and I love your recipes have used many I do some time modifies some of them But your wonderful even the ya alls and i stick my finger in to check taste also a good cook washes there hands often so we dont have to worry about germs...Just Saying Keep up the great work and Paula your a great cook......

By Anonymous on April 09, 2012


I mix lemon juice and baking soda and scrub the grout in my bathroom. Smells much nicer than the chemical cleaners, and does an amazing job

By Jamie Dawson on April 09, 2012


To make your lemons last longer place them in a bowl of water in the frig when you get them home.

By Lynda on March 12, 2012


I enjoy your show Paula. Love how much fun you make it while cooking. I enjoy your southern accent. Y'All. love it!!!! I have family from Mo,and Alabama, Miss them alot,so I enjoy hearing Y'ALL. Hoping to stop at your restaurant in Ga. next yr. on our way to Fl. We live in the midwest. Went to Tunica and ate at your buffet last yr. I was hoping to see you, but you were coming the following week. You have worked hard to get where you are and you deserve the best. Love when you bring your hubby on the show. You two look so cute together.(I think I just said cute)-well you are! p.s.I love your hair!!!!! a fan Debbie:)

By Anonymous on March 11, 2012


Can.ypu tell me how to make smoothies I love your show your awesome lady

By Colleen on March 11, 2012


this wonderful advise for me my mother has a lemon tree that produces tons of lemons and we always end up giving them away by the tens, this so great, thank you!!! any remedy for cleaning walls?

By remdni on March 11, 2012


Was reading some reviews from another page, and I have to agree with some of the people....I think you need to tone down the Y'ALL'S a bit ! And another thing that irks me is cooks who stick their fingers in the food they are preparing to taste it.....why not use a spoon, and don't put the spoon in there a second time either.....to me that isn't sanitary......I don't even do that and I'm usually cooking for myself.....I use a separate spoon anytime I am tasting the food..... Other than than Paula, I enjoy watching you and love your recipes....like I always say if you don't like someone , then don't watch them....instead of bath mouthing them and saying you will never watch them again....I don't watch ELLEN....can't stand her.....but I usually keep remarks to myself....don't like any of the gay shows and I do not watch them.....we all have a channel changer on our tv, and I use mine smile All in all Paula, love your show and think you do a great job.....but kinda listen to what your customers like smile Have a great day.....

By kentuckylady1717 on January 21, 2012


Sorry about your diagnosis----me too! and I love rich foods and especially sweet stuff. Hate the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners but whatever it takes cause I'm not ready to check out just yet. I think I will be getting some new ideas from you in handling this so the timing may be a blessing for me. I'll be praying for the both of us and all the others who have run into this wall head on.

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My dream has always been to go to Savannah to the Lady and Son's Restaurant so when my granddaughter vacationed there my one request was for her to eat there.So one Sunday I got a call from from my daughter saying to call Mindy right away so I did . She was sitting in your restaurant eating the best fried chicken and macaroni and cheese ever..I now feel happy that in a small way I was there ,too. You're the best Paula and my dream would be to have a family that is as close as yours... Love you Paula.....

By Carolyn Lambert on February 24, 2011


Love your tips and the photos used in your food displays.

By Heather on February 24, 2011


Lemon juice is also good to rub in the shower wall it keeps the soap scum down. Do it once a month.

By ejaymil on February 23, 2011


I also read some place that you can help your elbow skin by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing half onto your elbows several times. It is good for the old skin and helps discolorations and elliminatedead skin.

By Diane Broussard on February 23, 2011


i love ur ideas...thank you Paula Im a army wife love ur ideas n helping me out. Pleaze keep it up...

By Annie on February 23, 2011


Paula you are the best....MY NEW HERO.....I love your show and I watch and save my favorites to my DVR....trust and believe its full!!! Keep cooking my southern gal!!!

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By Anonymous on February 16, 2011


I love all your tips and recipes. Thank you!

By Melisa on January 29, 2011


I always look at your cooking show on the food network channel thanks for all the interesting recipes and great tips keep up the good cooking

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